2015 SATUC Cup Ambassador –Ali Al-Habsi
Ali Al-Habsi is a former cult Premier League goalkeeper who played for Bolton and Wigan, his current club, with whom he famously won the FA Cup in 2013, beating English giants Man City in the final. He was also named Wigan’s Player of the Season in 2010-2011. Al-Habsi is famed for his penalty-saving prowess, stopping the likes of stars such as Robin van Persie, Carlos Tevez and Mikel Arteta to name just a few.
Before coming to England, Al-Habsi played 3 seasons in Norway where he was voted Norwegian Goalkeeper of the Year in 2004; he was also the first Omani to play professional football in Europe.
He is the longstanding captain of the Omani national team and earned his 100th cap earlier this year against Australia. Al-Habsi has played in 4 consecutive Gulf Cups, winning the award for Best Goalkeeper in each one, as well as winning the tournament itself in 2009, the first time Oman had ever done so.
Before turning pro, Al-Habsi worked as a fireman at Muscat airport – he credits his previous profession with teaching him the values of patience, hard work, and patriotism, which have brought him such success in his career.
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